Jacquelyn Fowler, a freshman outfielder for the Central Crossing High School softball team, never saw any sign from third-base coach Rona Dorsey .
Jacquelyn Fowler, a freshman outfielder for the Central Crossing High School softball team, never saw any sign from third-base coach Rona Dorsey to try to score from second base on a passed ball. She really wasn't looking for one either.
After Teays Valley catcher Erica Prantl dropped a third strike and then committed an error when trying to throw out Allissa Turkovich, Fowler took off and beat a throw at the plate to give Central Crossing a 3-2 victory in a Division I regional semifinal on May 26 at Ohio State.
"I honestly don't remember getting the 'go' signal. I'm pretty sure (Dorsey) did," Fowler said. "Once I saw her (Prantl) miss that ball, I was going for it. I was thinking I better get there. I can't mess this up."
"I wasn't slowing her down at all," Dorsey said. "We go over-aggressive running quite a bit in practice. She's an aggressive runner, and she was going to go anyway. All I had to do was say, 'Keep going.'"
The Comets, 25-2 overall, face Gahanna in a regional final on Saturday, May 28, at Ohio State. The Lions were 18-10 overall after defeating Copley 7-6 on May 25.
After waiting through an hour-and-a-half rain delay, Central Crossing took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on RBI singles by Fowler and Lindsay Carmean.
The Comets had 11 hits but stranded 14 runners. They left the bases loaded in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings. The Vikings tied the game at 2 in the top of the sixth on a one-out, two-run home run by senior Kerri Cunagin to set up the seventh-inning dramatics.
Turkovich, the hero of the May 21 district championship game after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning in a 2-1 win over Dresden Tri-Valley, helped set up winning run this time without making contact.
"With two outs, I swung and I missed, but I just took off to first because you never know what's going to happen," Turkovich said. "Luckily it got away from her, and Jackie was smart enough to head home."